The leader, alias “Boxer Dog,” was captured by police on an indigenous reserve in the municipality of Florida, in the southeastern department Valle de Cauca.
Boxer Dog, who’s the head of the FARCs Gabriel Galvez Column, was one of those responsible for the kidnapping of senior police officer Guillermo Solorzano in 2007, while he was serving as police chief in Florida.
Solorzano spent four years being held by the rebel group before being freed in February 2011.
According to police director Humberto Guatibonza, “With this, we have now captured seven of those responsible for kidnapping police chief Solorzano, and we are working to capture other people that participated in other kidnappings by the FARC.”
Boxer Dog is also being investigated in relation to an attack on a police patrol in March 2011 in Miranda, Valle de Cauca, when three police officers were killed and a commander injured.
The rebel leader is being detained by authorities on charges of aggravated kidnapping and extorsion.